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M42 for 2019 narrowband

This year in narrowband. Two attempts at colour mapping.
Need to get rid of the MPCC with this telescope as the image is better without. Too much star trailing with.

Object ID M42 Orion Nebula
Details 2019-01-22
Telescope 250mm f4.8 Newtonian, MPCC
Camera Atik 460EX @-20C
Baader Ha, OIII, SII filters
Exposure(s) 10x120s 2×2 each
Darks
Capture APT
Processing Nebulosity, Photoshop
OHS, SHO colour mapping
29 January 2019|M31-60, Nebula, News|

M44 Praesepe / Beehive cluster

Poor night of transparency and seeing so just got this in the passing. Lots of sky fog that got processed out.

Object ID M44 / Praesepe / Beehive cluster, Cancer
Details 2019-01-07
Telescope 250mm f4.8 Newtonian, MPCC
Camera Atik 460EX
Baader RGB filters
Exposure(s) 10x60s each RGB 2×2
Darks
Capture APT
Processing Nebulosity, Photoshop
7 January 2019|M31-60, News, Open Cluster|

M31 first test of old 10 inch Newt

First test of the old 10 inch Newtonian I picked up. Focuser and dovetail were a mess, but with some work it could be good. Optically pretty sound though.

Object ID M31 Andromeda galaxy
Mag. 3.44, Size 3.1 x 1 degrees
Andromeda
Details 2018-10-11 22:26 – 23:49 UT
Telescope 250mm f4.8 Newtonian, MPCC
IDAS P2 LPR filter
Guided
Camera Atik 460EX, Baader LRGB  filters
Exposure(s) L 16x120s 1×1, RGB 10x60s 2×2 each
darks
Capture APT
Processing Nebulosity 4, Photoshop
12 October 2018|Galaxy, M31-60, News|

M40 (Winnecke 4)

Messier 40, also known as Winnecke 4. Basically it’s a double star, and an optical double at that!

It was discovered by Messier while he was looking for a nebula reported in the area by Johannes Hevelius. He couldn’t find it so he catalogued this double star instead. Most have been a slow night or something…

And why did I bother imaging it? Well it was in the only patch of clear sky there was and I only had a few minutes before it clouded over. Still, it’s another Messier object to add to my list 🙂

Object ID M40 / Winnecke 4
Double star, Ursa Major
Mag. 8.4, Size 0.8′
Details 2018-09-14 through gaps in cloud
Telescope 200mm f5 Newtonian, MPCC
IDAS P2 LPR filter
Camera Canon 600D
Exposure(s) 5x20s darks, flats
Capture APT
Processing Nebulosity 4, Photoshop
14 September 2018|M31-60, News|

M39 (NGC 7092)

Nice wide open cluster with a deep Milky Way background too.

Object ID M39 (NGC 7092)
Open cluster Cygnus
Mag. 4.6, Size 32′
Details 2018-09-08
Not very transparent.
Telescope 200mm f5 Newtonian, MPCC
IDAS P2 LPR filter
Guiding c80ED, ASI 290MC
Camera Canon 600D
Exposure(s) 10x60s, darks and flats
Capture APT, PHD
Processing Nebulosity, Photoshop
5 September 2018|M31-60, News, Open Cluster|